Get Nice! Could be Zebrahead's American Idiot.

So, when I was 16 or so Green Day released their American Idiot and the title track as a single. Before American Idiot, this band, who people who were into the whole punk scene and whatnot (including myself) were the only ones aware of, and they were pretty good, mind you, were just one of those bands that you knew about if you watched Kerrang. They weren't cool. All of a sudden, people LOVED Green Day. For a debut album, it was amazing. Someone actually told me that. People didn't seem to realise Green Day had a back catalogue for a few months, when all of a sudden you'd get kids walking down corridors singing Good Riddance or Minority. Heaven forbid them walk down the corridors giving us all a rousing rendition of 1000 Hours or Sweet Children or some other song that didn't have a video on mainstream music television, mind you.

As pop-punk-rock went, of course, Green Day were already pretty well known, but within the circle. Then American Idiot put them into the true mainstream.

Yesterday I saw the video for Get Nice!, the new video from Zebrahead's new album of the same name. I think this could really be the song that puts Zebrahead up there. I didn't like Ricky Bobby (the first video from the Get Nice! album), but hey, I didn't like Jesus of Suburbia and that was considered the masterpiece of American Idiot. Get Nice (the song, I can't speak for the album yet, as it's unreleased) has all the melody and intricacy of their old stuff, but it also has something special. It has this polish. That's actually a technical term I learnt in college when doing music technology. It sounds great, clear and has this certain unquantifiable thing that just makes it sound like it could be a hit. Zebrahead have always been lucky enough to have good engineering on their albums, even on the earlier lower budget albums. It also has that respectability that lets the posers think they're listening to metal.

I should make it clear, this is only my take on the song. If it was up to me they'd have been a huge thing long ago.  But yeah, I think this could be their big hit. I hope so. And damn, I'm excited for the album.

I suggest you all check it out, and love it! Then go buy the album when it does come out. See them live too. They rock, live.

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  1. It's not bad. Definitely gets the pop punk feel.


    I thought "With Legs Like That" would have made Zebrahead more popular, but I guess the lyrics weren't so hot on that one.

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